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How can the crew ensure IT security on board

Shipowners’ Club published guidance on crewmembers’ responsibilities for maintaining security of IT systems on board, safeguarding personal devices and identifying which equipment is most vulnerable on board. The target of security is to limit the risk of possible asset loss, and not reduce the availability of necessary services to authorised personnel.

Cyber risk remains key concern for shipping

While the growing use of connected technology in the maritime is expected to be a positive for both safety and claims, technology also means cyber risk is a big concern for shipping. As more and more systems require connectivity with the shore, so vessels become more vulnerable to a cyber-attack, says Captain Rahul Khanna from Allianz. 

Addressing cyber risks on passenger vessels

In collaboration with Secure State Cyber, the Shipowners Club identifies common cyber risks on board and what actions operators can take to protect their vessels. Namely, a series of FAQs focuses on passenger ships and the cyber risks regarding on board Wi-Fi and passenger devices.

STM begins work on new item to enable further interoperability

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) approved a proposal for a new work item based on the experiences with the Voyage Information Service, developed within Sea Traffic Management. The aim of the new work item to secure interoperability and standardize how data is exchanged. 

New cyber security campaign launched

The Port of Amsterdam acquires a cyber security program in order to keep companies and entrepreneurs in the North Sea Canal Area informed of possible cyber attacks. The Port updates its cyber security program, following the online publicity campaign being conducted by the Government of the Netherlands to call on people to better protect themselves against internet crime.

Good cyber hygiene organisations are the most protected ones

In June’s edition of Phish and Ships, John Donald, Cyber Adviser at AXIS Capital, compares two different forms of attack; The ‘physical’ one, coming from a military point of view; The ‘digital’ one, meaning cyber attack. He highlights why the cyber attacker has an advantage when attacking and the industry’s vulnerabilities to attacks.

Big data and their hidden threats to shipping industry

In its June edition of Phish and Ships, Be Cyber Aware at Sea focuses on the matter of ‘What is Big Data’ and how it is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Generally, big data is a large amount of data that is almost impossible to store and process by normal means. According to Phish and Ships, the shipping industry is said to generate 100-120 million data points daily, including information gathered from ports and vessels.

Shipping industry should adapt a multifaceted approach to cyber security

In its latest edition of Phish and Ships, Be Cyber Aware at Sea presents Professor Keith Martin, from Royal Holloway, University of London who supports that ‘Cyber security needs both a ʻbottom upʼ and ʻtop downʼ approach.’ Specifically, the bottom-up approach reflects the common thinking that the personnel presents the greatest risk to cyber security.

First Cyber Secure class notation by DNV GL and Stena Drilling signed

DNV GL signed a contract with Stena Drilling for the First Cyber Secure class notation. The contract covers the application of the ‘Basic+’ notation to the drillship Stena IceMAX and includes the vessel’s dynamic positioning, drilling, and blowout prevention systems. It will be integrated with Stena Drilling’s own safety management systems.

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